Feb. 24, 2007
(Spokane) - USF women's basketball closed out the 2006-07 regular season with a 57-37 defeat at Gonzaga Saturday afternoon in West Coast Conference action at the McCarthey Center. The Dons (9-20, 3-11 WCC) offensive woes continued and the Bulldogs (21-9, 13-1 WCC) capitalized, limiting USF to its lowest scoring output of the season.
San Francisco connected on a chilly .320 (16-50) from the field, while Gonzaga hit .390 (23-59) from the floor, including a .462 (12-26) rate in the second period. The Dons held a 41-32 rebound advantage, but committed 26 costly turnovers.
It was all Gonzaga in the opening period as they built a 17-2 lead by 11:20 mark and led 27-11 with 5:04 left in the half before settling for a 27-15 halftime lead. The 15 points for the Dons were their lowest output in a half all season. San Francisco shot .304 (7-23) from the field, while Gonzaga was not much better, hitting at a .333 (11-33) clip. The Dons committed 13 turnovers in the first half compared to two for the Bulldogs who scored 12 points off USF's miscues.
USF could not fight back in the second half, trailing wire-to-wire for the first time in league play this season.
Senior forward Stephanie Hawk turned in a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double performance for the Bulldogs who completed their third consecutive WCC Championship in front of 1,906 fans. Freshman forward Heather Bowman added 12 points and seven boards, while senior guard Katy Ridenour chipped in 11 points.